Apple Upgrades Mac Pro With Up To 12 CPU Cores, New SSD Option

The new 2010 iMac may be the most consumer-centric piece of Apple's July 2010 hardware refresh, but for power users it's the Mac Pro that'll get the attention. Apple's heavyweight has been refreshed this morning, but as with the iMac, no real major exterior changes are happening. Instead, it's all in the inside. Intel has produced quite a few major chips since the Mac Pro line was last refreshed, and now the machine is finally seeing some of that work integrated into its build-to-order sheet.

The new Mac Pro line holds up to 12 processing core and is up to 50% more powerful than the previous generation, with the latest quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors, all-new ATI graphics and the option for up to four 512GB solid state drives. That last one is also huge; this is the first Mac Pro where Apple has allowed users to order SSDs. In past generations, they have essentially said that SSDs didn't really have a place in the desktop, but now the itch for speed has finally let these little guys move into the big house.

At the heart of the new Mac Pro’s performance are next generation quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 3.33 GHz. These multi-core processors use a single die design so each core can share up to 12MB L3 cache to improve efficiency while increasing processing speed. These systems feature an integrated memory controller for faster memory bandwidth and reduced memory latency; Turbo Boost to dynamically boost processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz; and Hyper-Threading to create up to 24 virtual cores. The Mac Pro now comes with the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics processor with 1GB of memory and customers can configure-to-order the even faster ATI Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of memory.

Also, the GPU on this new machine has not one, but two Mini DisplayPort sockets along with a single dual-link DVI output. A native three-monitor setup seems not out of the question, now. The new Mac Pro starts at $2499 and includes a single 2.8GHz quad-core Xeon W3530 processor, 3GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM, 1TB hard drive, 18x SuperDrive, four PCIe 2.0 slots and plenty of ports. The other base configurations are listed below, with the 12-core monster starting at nearly $5000.

Pricing & Availability
The new Mac Pro will be available in August through the Apple Store® (, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new quad-core Mac Pro, with a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

  • one 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon W3530 processor with 8MB of fully-shared L3 cache;
  • 3GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port (adapters sold separately);
  • 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • 18x SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
  • five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire® 800 ports;
  • AirPort Extreme® 802.11n;
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
  • Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Magic Mouse.

The new 8-core Mac Pro, with a suggested retail price of $3,499 (US), includes:

  • two 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5620 processors with 12MB of fully-shared L3 cache per processor;
  • 6GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 32GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port (adapters sold separately);
  • 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
  • five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports;
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n;
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
  • Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include: 

  • one 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon W3565 processor for the quad-core Mac Pro;
  • one 3.33 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon W3680 processor for the quad-core Mac Pro; 
  • two 2.66 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon X5650 processors (12-cores) for the 8-core Mac Pro;
  • two 2.93 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon X5670 processors (12-cores) for the 8-core Mac Pro; 
  • two ATI Radeon HD 5770 cards with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • one ATI Radeon HD 5870 card with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • up to 16GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory for the quad-core Mac Pro;
  • up to 32GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory for the 8-core Mac Pro; 
  • up to four 512GB solid state drives (SSD); or
  • up to four 1TB or 2TB Serial ATA hard drives running at 7200 rpm; 
  • Mac Pro RAID card;
  • dual-channel or quad-channel 4Gb Fibre Channel card; and
  • up to two 18x SuperDrives with double-layer support.

Accessories include: Magic Trackpad, Apple Battery Charger, wired Apple Mouse, wireless Apple Keyboard, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, the AppleCare® Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server; iWork®, Logic Express 9, Final Cut Express 4 and Aperture 3. Complete options and accessories are available at

Via:  Apple
Tags:  Intel, ATI, Apple, Mac, Desktop, PC, Mac Pro
lonewolf 4 years ago

I cannot wait to see when Apple will go full AMD with Bulldozer.

Chainzsaw 4 years ago


They won't.

AMD is too price competative, Apple dislikes "cheap" products. Not that AMD's products are "cheap", just in price. Their hardware is solid.

The day Apple goes the way of Dell is when hell is freezing over.

But seriously, how does Apple get away with ridiculous pricing? There literally is no way Apple should be jacking the price up 2x as much for similar hardware.

AKwyn 4 years ago

Well... The operating system, some apple-based accessories (keyboard, mouse, monitor, software) that you might add to the Mac Pro and the so-called Apple Tax.

But the price is nearly in the same range as a 12 core system that you can build yourself.

Der Meister 4 years ago

Holy price point batman!!! 2499, While i realize its a Xeon. But still with 3gb of ram and a 5770 for 2499! all i can say is that is one expensive OS... 

acarzt 4 years ago

yep, typical Apple der.

And who needs so much power in a Mac anyway?


AKwyn 4 years ago

[quote user="acarzt"]

yep, typical Apple der.

And who needs so much power in a Mac anyway?



3D rendering people?

acarzt 4 years ago

Those exist? lol

3vi1 4 years ago

Well, Steve Jobs used to be CEO of Pixar... so I expected there to be a lot of Mac users there (and they do use it for some things).

But, it turns out... they do all of their heavy lifting on a rendering farm of Linux machines.

acarzt 4 years ago

Oh yeeeaaaa I keep forgetting that.

So I guess there is a handful of people who could use this :-P

inspector 4 years ago

Agree acarzt, there is like not much games or gamers running off a mac(if any). The price point is always high but people still seems to buy them and apple just increases it higher every time.

lonewolf 4 years ago

Apple is a joke I don't know what is more ridiculas Apple charging "that price"....or the people paying "that price"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

animatortom 4 years ago

12-Core would be kindof a mute point if you didnt have 128GB RAM to go along with it! Rendering is due to the sum total of Mem/CPU/GPU!

That price is way to much for just a shinny case and the mac OS. You can build yourself a dual Xenon with lots of RAM in one of those nice black Corsair cases and still save yourself enough for a nice monitor or two.

I am sure Pixar people only have Apples on their desks just for looks when the cameras come in. I am sure most of their pipeline runs on Linux or Unix! If they need render power they wont use one of these, they use the render farm the size of a building. Or else they would send it ofer to ILM and use the Death Star :P

realneil 4 years ago

Just try going to the Apple store and building one of these monsters. add two of the 2 TB drives, (check the PRICE of the 2TB drives!!!) get the upgraded stuff and then see what the total price turns out to be on the right hand side of the webpage.











awake and look again,.............................faint again,.....................................................................

acarzt 4 years ago

Yeaaaa... that is wayyyyy too much.

Let's put it this way... as a comparison... I went a configured a Ford Focus 2 door and got ALL of the options... and it still come out to be less....

Way to go apple...

$550 for a $2tb drive is ludicrous. I can get one for $100

fat78 4 years ago

yes but acarzt does that 100 2tb drive come with the feeling of you being ripped by apple?


acarzt 4 years ago

No... but it gives me the urge to once again say...

 Suck it Jobs!!

Big Smile

chainzsaw 4 years ago

I concur. lol

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="acarzt"]Yeaaaa... that is wayyyyy too much.[/quote]

Yeah,.I just woke up again after fainting for the eighty-eighth time and was lucky enough to get the Apple Store page closed before I fainted at that price again!

(They wanted $788.00 for 4GB (2-2GB sticks) of RAM for my iMac and I bought it online at myself for $133.00) I believe that they depend on you drinking the mind numbing Kool-Aid before you shop there.

storage 4 years ago

How to Install a RENICE SSD (Solid State Disk) in a Macbook

Apple recently starting offering solid state disk options when ordering new Macbooks. As with most of Apple's upgrades, these upgrades are quite pricey. This article will show you how to install a SSD in your new (or old!) macbook and save a lot of money in the process.


Things You'll Need:

  • Macbook AIR
  • ZIF  Solid State Disk
  • External  ZIF Enclosure
  • Screwdriver

1.    1

You can buy solid state disks for fairly cheap at the link below or other places online. While it may be tempting to purchase a large one, a 32GB drive will be more than enough to hold your basic system information and applications. You'll then be able to use your old hard drive as external storage.

2.    2


First we want to mirror all the data from the macbook onto our new SSD. Open up the enclosure and install the SSD. Plug the external into the Macbook.

3.    3


Open disk utility, and select the SSD from the left hand pane. Click the Partition tab on the right. Set the Volume Scheme as "1 Partition." Set the Format to "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)." Click the Options button and insure "GUID Partition Table" is selected. Click "Apply."

4.    4


Open Carbon Copy Cloner. Under source disk, select your Macbook's main hard drive. On the right hand pane, select your SSD as the Target Disk. You should seen a green light that lets you know the drive will become bootable. When you're all set up, click "Clone."

5.    5


When cloning is complete, turn off your macbook and unplug it from the power source. Turning the macbook over, insert the penny in the slot and rotate it to open the battery compartment.

6.    6


Here comes the hardware stuff, so let's take this part slow. Slide the battery out and set it to the side.

7.    7


There are three small screws along the inside of the compartment. Unscrew them and gently lift out the hinge.

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Facing the newly revealed slot, there is a small white plastic strip on the left hand side. Pull it out to reveal the hard drive.

9.    9



Unscrew the harddrive from it's brace. Remove the SSD from the external enclosure and screw it into the brace. If you'd like to continue to use your old hard drive as an external drive, you can install it in the external enclosure.

10. 10

Insert the SSD into the harddrive slot. Screw the bracket back in, and pop the battery back in place. Your upgrade is now complete!

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